» Tauranga duo sign on

WaiBOP United is pleased to announce the double signing of Tauranga City United players, Sam O’Regan and Jerahl Hughes, ahead of the 2014/15 ASB Premiership season.

Both O’Regan and Hughes were instrumental in Tauranga’s charge to the Northern Region Football League Division 2 title during the 2014 winter season. Brighton-born O’Regan (pictured right, in blue), a centre-half, was Tauranga’s captain and one of their strongest performers in a season of strong performances. A robust defender, O’Regan also had a habit of chipping in with goals, most notably via spectacular free kicks.

The 2014 season was O’Regan’s second for Tauranga and he was influential in bringing his good friend Hughes to New Zealand at the start of the winter.

For his part Hughes (pictured left, in blue), also originally from Brighton, operated out wide or through the middle as an attacking midfielder for Tauranga, and was their chief playmaker during 2014. Not only was he a provider of goals and NRFL Division 2’s primary tormenter of defenders, he was also deadly in front of goal. His seventeen goals played a major part in Tauranga securing the title.

Peter Smith, WaiBOP United Head Coach, is pleased to have both players involved in his squad this season. “Sam and Jerahl have solid backgrounds in the game in the UK and will bring with them a desire to prove themselves at the highest domestic level here in New Zealand,” explains Smith. “It’s that hunger that I think will help them be successful in the ASB Premiership. The step up from NRFL 2 is a big one, but Jack McNab proved last season it could be done. I think Sam and Jerahl will follow quite comfortably in his footsteps.”

Announcements on further player signings will follow soon.

For more information please contact:
Peter Smith, WaiBOP United Head Coach

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